Terre Haute Redevelopment Commission discusses Turn to the River project

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – The local organization Art Spaces is looking to connect downtown Terre Haute to the Wabash River through design and art.

The executive director of the organization discussed where this multi-year project stands.

A project that first began 8 years ago, Turn to the River aims to connect the Wabash River to downtown Terre Haute through upgrades such as art and upgraded walkways.

“If you travel around, people, cities in the past couple decades have really understood what a resource the river is,” said Mary Kramer, executive director of Art Spaces.

The multi-year project is currently in phase one of implementation.

This includes revitalizing the area between the Vigo County Courthouse and Terre Haute City Hall, and creating a new fountain-like piece of art work.

“While the whole project is rehab of the whole government campus and the city property at the river, it can be done in sections without leaving a mess everywhere else,” Kramer said.

During a virtual meeting of the Terre Haute redevelopment commission on Wednesday, Kramer requested $50,000 in TIF funds to assist with the project.

Kramer says they have also been able to receive funding through outside sources.

“We search pretty heavily for sources, pretty creatively, we look under every rock,” Kramer said.

While no official action was taken, several members of the commission spoke in favor of turn to the river.

“I’ll be at the ribbon cutting when you’re ready to do this and I’m certain the people that were trying to fight against this moving forward will be in front of the line celebrating as well, but I think it’s a great project,” said Karrum Nasser, Terre Haute redevelopment commission member.

Kramer says artwork is expected to begin being installed during the spring of next year.

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